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Vegetarian / Carnivore Dinner suggestions!

My boyfriend loves anything with red meat - steaks, burgers, etc - and all the bad-for-you side dishes that go with those meals. I don't eat any red meat or chicken (I do eat seafood) and tend to eat lighter / healthier - any suggestions where we can both get good food? Usually I end up eating some sad salmon dish on a steakhouse menu, or he eats something healthy and is starving 2 hours later. Thanks!! (Preferably downtown, but anywhere's okay)

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  1. Do you have a preference on the type of cuisine (italian, french, american) and price range? That will help us to give your more relevant suggestions.

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    1. re: kobetobiko

      I prefer Italian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian or sometimes plain old American food. Any sort of Seafood restaurant that could accommodate us both is always welcom. As for price range, I'm looking for everything so that I can choose for "special occasions" or just ordinary nights. Thanks!

    2. For Vietnamese I just went to Bao Noodles last weekend and got their fish in a pot and it was amazing!!! So yummy. My boyfriend got the fried squid to start which was big and tasty and there was a steak special which he enjoyed. Good cocktails too!

      I also like Hedeh for Japanese food, It's a tiny little place with great starters and sushi along with a great prime beef filet entree. Are these the type of things you're looking for?

      1. Veg/Carnivore tasting menu options where you can both have tasting menus at the same time:

        The Grocery (I know, I know, Brooklyn)
        and last but not least...Per Se!

        1. I think Craft will fit your criteria. Their menu has a lot of meat and seafood for both first and main courses, and there are plenty of vegetable sides and pasta to choose from. It is one of the few restaurants who manage to have great meat and seafood entrees. It is a bit pricey, but I think the qualify justifies the cost. Here is the link to the menu:


          1. Cafe Boulud is a great place for both carnivores and vegetarians. They offer 4 different menus, one of which ("Le Potager') is dedicated to vegetarians. The cuisine is superb. Service is cordial and polished. The small space has attractive contemporary decor. Some people feel that it's kind of snooty. However, while it is certainly anything but hip and does tend toward a mature UES clientele, I have seen younger diners, as well as families with children (no babies or toddlers), and I've always found dining there to be very pleasant, relaxed, and civilized.


            1. Special occassion - Union Square Cafe has a good mix of meat vs seafood/veggie appetizers and entrees. I had their cedar smoked steak which was incredible, and my husband had their Tuna which ranked very highly in his best Tuna entrees list.

              Azafran in tribeca is great for Tapas, certainly heavy on seafood and veggies (mushrooms in phillo is yummy), but also has lots of red meat options (meatballs and their chimichurri sliced steak on potato chip are excellent). It always works out when we go because I don't eat seafood, and my husband doesn't eat mushrooms, so we'll usually get something we each will have alone, plus share the ones we both enjoy. Great sangria too.

              1. Westville all the way. I'm a vegetarian and I take my carnivore friends there all the time. It's the perfect spot for both.

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                1. re: lightboxnyc

                  I've done Westville for brunch - is the dinner menu as good as the brunch food? Good suggestion.

                  1. re: outside25

                    I tried their dinner for the first time on Sunday. They had a series of specials, mostly fish with your choice of a side. You could also order from the regular menu (sandwiches, regular/veggie hotdogs and burgers, salads, etc.) and the market plates.

                    I got the market plate, as usual. If they're still serving it, try the roasted fennel with parmigiano. It converted my fennel-hating friends.

                2. you have plenty of options.
                  Frankies spumontino on Clinton accomodates both. Any good Italian restaurant also. Lots of pasta options and seafood as well as meat. Also, the Stand on 12th street. Amazing burgers and the best veggie burger